Now that BBAW is behind us and I have one book review under my belt, I thought I would take a moment to introduce myself to all my new visitors who found me via BBAW. In addition, I’ve been quite the lucky blogger lately and have some winnings I would like to acknowledge. But first, let’s talk about me!
What Kind of Reader Am I?
In two words, slow and all-over-the-place. I’m not actually a slow reader, but I don’t have a lot of time to read so I’m not one of those amazing superhero bloggers that read 5 books a week or 200+ books in a year. This is mostly due to the fact that I spend about 60% of my free time with my son (I’m a stay-at-home mom), 20% of my time doing housework (my penance for not having to work outside the home), 10% of my time blogging, 5% of my time with my husband, and 5% of my time reading. Hopefully, in time, these numbers will shift but for now, that is how it breaks down.
As for all-over-the-place, I like all different types of books. You won’t find me reading the same genre over and over again. I like to bounce around between fiction and non-fiction, and if the premise of a book intrigues me, I’ll try it out. I’m not afraid to try new authors or genres, but I tend to have a weakness for books that make me laugh. I’ll pretty much see a book through to the bitter end unless I find it unreadable. I read to be entertained or to learn something (without taxing my brain too much). Although I do accept review copies for books (I mean, how could I not?), I don’t limit myself to newly released books. I really like to mix things up.
What Kind of Blogger Am I?
In three words, steady, slow and loyal. I don’t post every day. In fact, I average about three posts a week on this blog.
If you have a blog and leave me a comment, I will make every attempt to visit your blog and repay the visit (except for giveaway comments). Sometimes it may take me up to a week to visit, but I will get there eventually. I tend to acknowledge comments via e-mail instead of in posts so I love it when you have an e-mail address attached to your blogger profile.
I tend to be picky about adding blogs to my blogroll as I have limited time and feel overwhelmed with what is in my blog reader already. However, if I do read your blog regularly, I tend to swing by once or possibly twice a week and catch up on the posts I haven’t read yet. So if you don’t see me for awhile, you can probably expect I’ll be by and leave you 5 comments in one hour! I do tend to be a loyal blog buddy, but (again) I’m picky about adding to my blogroll.
I’ve been on a winning streak lately with blog giveaways — having won three in the post month or so.
The first win was a piece of original artwork from CJ
over at ProArtz
. CJ had sponsored a really neat scavenger hunt, and I was lucky enough to take first place. My prize was first choice of some of CJ’s original artwork. Want to see my choice?
If you want to check out more of CJ’s artwork — including prints, cards, postcards, t-shirts, hats, mugs, mousepads, sneakers, ties, keychains, postage stamps and bags — visit her product line at http://www.zazzle.com/Pro_Artz*
(and, yes, the asterisk is part of the URL!). She has some really cool stuff over there so check it out!
My second win was the Summer Vacation Reading Challenge hosted by Molly at My Cozy Book Nook. The prize was a $20 Amazon gift certificate. I used it to treat myself to some of the books on my birthday wish list (after consulting with Mr. Jenners to see if he had already purchased them. As I suspected, he had not.) I got two books for my Kindle — The Guinea Pig Diaries: My Life as an Experiment by A.J. Jacobs (which I’m devouring now) and The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner’s Semester at America’s Holiest University by Kevin Roose (ideal for my U book for the A to Z Challenge). Seeing that I had 2 cents left over, I felt I should go ahead and preorder Audrey Niffenegger’s new book, Her Fearful Symmetry. Yes — the book costs more than 2 cents but I felt I should use up my entire gift certificate!